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Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar

Yesterday Minister for Health Leo Varadkar declared his dissatisfaction with the fact that there are over 2,000 older people waiting 15 weeks for nursing home care. And now that the fourfold increase in the numbers of older people waiting for nursing home beds has hit the public radar, Minister Varadkar and Minister for Older People Kathleen Lynch have a "plan".

'Fair Deal' - the Nursing Home Support Scheme - was heralded on its launch in 2009 by the then minister, Mary Harney, as "accessible, affordable and anxiety-free". Yet just five years later, it has hit the wall - a wall that was completely inevitable from its flawed inception.


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